Perspectives

Bradford Bonus - what could a new station mean to Bradford?

New research from Mace has revealed that the construction of a new hub railway station in Bradford city centre could provide an economic boost of £1.5bn a year to the local economy.

The research, conducted by senior ex-Treasury economist Chris Walker, examines the impact of building a new rail hub in Bradford city centre as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail to improve east-west connectivity from Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and Hull.

The research model is based on Birmingham New Street Station, where Mace led the delivery of this multi-million pound investment which has transformed the connectivity to the city as well as providing a destination station.

The “Bradford Bonus” report was launched at a workshop hosted by Mace Group in partnership with City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and key transport leaders from across the region, including Transport for the North and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The report supports Bradford’s campaign to secure Northern Powerhouse Rail in the city and demonstrates the huge economic and social opportunity this transport infrastructure could unlock.

How can Bradford ensure it gets the maximum benefit from HS2? What could it mean for the wider region? To find out, download our new research report.